Three Primary Visual Culture Sites and Artsonia

Artsonia is “the largest student art museum in the world” or so it says on its web site. It is a place for students, parents, and teachers to upload student artwork to share their creations with a wide online audience, establish a fan club, interact with other students, teachers, and parents, and sell products with their artwork on it. Visitors can browse galleries based on medium, by school, by grade level, or by keyword search. Schools and artists can win top honors and sometimes prizes. Schools even earn 20% when people purchase products from the gift shop. The section for teachers includes downloadable lesson plans created by fellow teachers and parents can create fan clubs and invite people to view and leave comments about the students’ artwork. The blog contains tips and guides for parents and teachers and covers topics about using the web site or app and sharing and building fan clubs.

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Twitter-verse for User Experience and EdTech

Here’s a quick list of 10 people or organizations who I follow for topics related to user experience and educational technology. The following individuals and organizations fit within what I hope to accomplish with this semester’s informal learning project for A ED 814 Informal Learning at Penn State. It’s my intention at this point in time to take what I’ve learned and am still learning about user interface design and user experience and the concept of place–which derives from thought, feeling, meaning, and understanding–to develop some art about identity and how people make sense of their world. I’m not sure if this will be a digital exploration or an analog or mixed media approach. I need to let the answer drive the solution.

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Penn State’s WebMail is a web-based e-mail client that provides Penn State faculty, staff, and students with anytime, anywhere access to their Penn State email via a web browser. I worked with Academic Services and Emerging Technologies (ASET) in the development of the look-and-feel of their interface graphics, layout, and design of the mail program’s home page.

My Role

  • Concept
  • Visual Design